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I have had what I can only explain a cough, it is like I want to clear my throat all the time, it is very annoying, the doctor is not sure if it is an allergy, or from reflux,  I have had a chest X-ray, last year, when it started and it came back clear. My medication I am on is lansoprozole, ranitidine,  amitryptiline, I also take pycnogenol for skin problems, just wondered if anyone has similar symptoms like this cough,  Sue


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    Hi Sue, I had a cough, which was a known side effect of Ramipril, 

    What does of Pycnogenol do you take?  When taken long term, it seems to have some unpleasant side effects, according to Dr Google!

    When did the cough start, did it coincide with starting one of the other drugs/supplements you take?


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    Hi, Sue!  I took coursework on the throat for a degree in speech pathology and I suspect that what's happening isn't due to your chest/lungs but is actually vocal cord related.  When you cough, it damages the vocal cords just like when you scream. You slam them together, essentially and to protect themselves, they produce mucus. You can probably guess what happens want to clear your throat or cough, and either of those will further stress your vocal cords and the cycle keeps repeating.

    Try whatever you can to soothe the irritation (tea, honey, lots of water, maybe cut out all caffeine if you can for a bit). When you get that feeling, try making an "h" sound which blows air through the area but doesn't stress your vocal cords. And if you notice any hoarseness in your voice or if there's pain, please see an ENT to be sure you don't have nodes/nodules or poyps.

    Of course, it seems like the trigger that started this in your case is your medicine, so yes to asking about alternative treatment that won't start this process over again or keep it going.

    Good luck!

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    I was diagnosed with histamine intolerance a few months ago. I was taking ramipril, sinvastatin, omeprazole and Amitriptyline for supposed various complaints, including a constant cough. Researching these meds I discovered they are all histamine releasers. With my doctors permission I stopped all my meds to try to improve the side effects of histamine intolerance. I have perfect blood pressure, my cough is lessening, my cholesterol is okay. Still getting bad hives and intestines and bladder very irritated. 10 weeks since my severe reaction to some injections.
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